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The single most important thing you can do in heavy rain

Posted at 12:54 PM, Oct 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-09 18:08:26-04

How many times today did you see someone driving through high water on the roads? Maybe you yourself drove through a questionable stretch of deep water. With the heavy rainfall that we've seen today - and will likely see again Friday - there is one important thing drivers must remember in order to prevent serious injuries and even death:

Turn around, don't drown.

If you cannot see the road under that water, do not drive over it. If you cannot see the road, you do not know if the road has washed away or if a large sinkhole has opened up. Driving into that water could lead to several hazards that may put your life in jeopardy.

In addition, it only takes six inches of moving water to knock a human off of their feet. Two feet of water can sweep a vehicle down the road and this includes trucks and SUVs.

According to the National Weather Service, flooding kills more people per year (on average) than tornadoes. The 30-year average breaks down like this:

  • Hurricane deaths: 47
  • Lightning deaths: 51
  • Tornado deaths: 75
  • Flooding deaths: 85

On days like today, it's critical to remember not to drive through high water on the roadways. It may cost you your life.

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